05/21/13 9:35 am EST
After Sam Hinkie spent a lovely week in Chicago evaluating the prospects who were invited to participate in the 2013 NBA Draft combine, Philadunkia nation has had Cody Zeller shoved down their throats. A number of draft “experts” are predicting the 76ers will select Zeller in late June. Additionally, Philly.com reported that the Sixers interviewed the sophomore big man out of Indiana and that the conversation went swimmingly.
Whether Zeller is available when the Sixers first round pick arrives and whether they select him largely depends on three factors:
1) Will Zeller still be available at #11.
2) Do the 76ers like other players more than Zeller.
3) What pick the Sixers draw in tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery.
Based off of the combine’s results and reactions, there seems to be a decent level of talent in the first ten picks and then a there is a drop off. One prospect that is on the rise after the Chicago combine is France’s Rudy Gobert. Gobert with his 7-9 wingspan and impressive shooting touch, really impressed the NBA scouts and front office types and appears to be moving up draft boards. If Gobert continues to wow scouts during individual workouts and other pre-draft camps, he may crack the Top 10. Gobert is another name that has been linked to the Sixers by draft “experts”.
So, can the 76ers move up in 2013 Draft and grab Zeller or Gobert?